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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bahrain Unrest on Rise

NICOSIA, Cyprus () -- Unrest in the Gulf Arab state of Bahrain appeared to be escalating with the opposition reporting large demonstrations against the latest government crackdown on Shi'ite cleric opponents.

The Islamic Front for the Liberation of Bahrain on Tuesday said a large number of people were wounded when security forces fired live bullets and tear gas to quell large protests in three towns.

The group said protestors in al-Daih, Jadhafis and Sanabes took to the streets "after the government's persistent policy of closing down mosques and places of worship."